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Easy WordPress Auto-Posting To Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter & More!

nextscriptsThere are several WordPress plugins that will auto-post an update to Facebook and Twitter when you publish a new article. I’ve used several in the past, and they worked mostly ok.

But for the longest time I couldn’t find anything that would auto-post to Google Plus. So my Google Plus account was neglected.

Yes, I could log in and add posts manually, but sometimes my writers put out 10 to 20 posts a day on my news site, News For Shoppers. I found I just didn’t have the time and energy to add each post individually.

So I kept searching for an auto-posting solution for Google Plus and eventually ran across Next Scripts: Social Networks Auto Poster (SNAP).

There are two versions: free and pro.

With the free version, you can post to Facebook, Twitter, and many other social networks.

With the pro version, you can post to any of the supported social networks (Blogger/Blogspot, Delicious, Diigo, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Twitter, Plurk, vBulletin, vKontakte, and WordPress blogs).

The pro version also adds the ability to post to more than one account on a specific social network at a time. The license is per-user, so you can use the plugin on multiple sites as long as you own them.

Of course, my main goal was to be able to auto-post to Google +, and the pro version has done that without any difficulty.

But along with auto-posting reliably, the plugin has several additional features that put it above the others I have tried.

First of all, it’s white labeled. When a post is added to a social network, there’s no indication on the post that a plugin was used.

And second, I’m really impressed by how much I can customize each post – I can set up a default post format – basically set and forget. Or from the WP edit post page, I can add a comment, an image,  and can resubmit posts easily.

The end result? Auto-posts that look as though I posted them manually.

When first setting up SNAP, I did get stuck on one problem that is apparently unique to my WordPress setup. The urls for my featured images are a bit off. The SNAP plugin had trouble finding them for use in the auto-posting (I suspect an image manipulating plugin I use changes the urls).

So I asked for some help through the Next Scripts support system.

The plugin author got back to me very quickly and was extremely helpful. He looked up my setup, found the problem, and sent me a fix. Excellent customer service.

Ok, let’s talk about the cost. As mentioned earlier, the plugin is free for auto-posting to Facebook and Twitter, amongst others.

But for Google Plus, Pinterest, posting to multiple accounts on a network, and additional capabilities on some of the other social networks, a $49 pro license is required.

At first blush, that seemed a little high to me. I don’t normally spend much on plugins.

But when it comes down to it, in the first month of use, this plugin has already saved me more than $49 worth of time. It gets updates out that I would otherwise not get to. And does so in such a way that the update looks like they were done manually.

So from me, the plugin gets a thumbs up.

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